It’s not every day that your hometown is featured in a major television series. Starting July 27, with the premiere of “Manhattan” on WGN America, Los Alamos will be.
The Los Alamos Historical Society and Time Out Pizzeria (Los Alamos branch on Central Avenue) are hosting a viewing party and discussion group for each of the season’s 13 episodes. The premier is 7 p.m., Sunday, July 27. Subsequent episodes will air 8 p.m Sundays.
According to WGN, “Manhattan” is about “brilliant but flawed scientists” who lived in Los Alamos during World War II and were racing to build the world’s first atomic bomb. The characters are fictional, and the drama focuses on family life, such as what was it like for wives not knowing about their husbands’ work.
The writers and producers of “Manhattan” have noted that the show is fiction but based in the time period of the Manhattan Project. Because of the crossover between history and fiction, Los Alamos Historical Society staff will be on hand for a post-show discussion each week to talk about things that really happened, things that could have happened, and things that are completely made up.
“While we are excited about a television show based during the Manhattan Project, we know people will have questions about what is historically accurate and what isn’t,” said Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society. “We hope to provide resources to the community to help us all understand the times better.”
For more information, call the museum offices at 505.662.6272 or visit the website:http://www.losalamoshistory.org/.